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Corel VideoStudio Pro X6 Released

Corel has just released VideoStudio Pro X6, the latest generation of its consumer video editing software with impressive advanced capabilities (see previous post on consumer editors).

This new version demonstrates how consumer tools can move amazingly quickly to incorporate new technologies -- now with even-higher-def 4K video, motion tracking, and DLSR control.

Ultra HD (4K): VideoStudio Pro X6 steps up to the next jump in HD resolution, with resolutions up to 4096 x 2160. You can input, edit, and output from 4K video devices including the GoPro 3 Black, as well as work with high-res DSLR photos -- in both AVC and MPEG-4 formats.

HD productions also can take advantage of the new AVCHD 2.0 specification, with AVCHD 3D, AVCHD Progressive, and AVCHD 3D/Progressive 50/60p profiles, for slow motion and action video. You also now can output AVCHD projects to SD card, with menu navigation and chapter points.

Motion Tracking: With the new motion tracking technology, you can select objects in the video to track in motion and then attach graphics overlays, for example for a cartoon thought bubble, or security mosaics that hover over features like license plates or faces.

Even better, you can save a library of motion paths from tracking to customize and re-use, as well as edit your own paths. Then use these paths to animate still images and titles, or for picture-in-picture effects.

DSLR Enlarge: Perhaps the coolest new feature is the DSLR Enlarge mode -- Basically remote control for DSLR cameras (supporting Canon for now). You can hook up your camera and control it directly your Windows laptop (or tablet). The computer displays the camera's viewfinder and brings out the controls, including aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. You get a nice big view and direct control, and without touching or disturbing the camera -- particularly useful for creating stop motion productions.

This new version also adds other pro-style technology including variable-speed control within a clip, QuickTime Alpha channels for importing transparent animations, and subtitle editing with voice detection to identify edit points.

Meanwhile, the VideoStudio editor has a clean and approachable design, with a Capture - Edit - Share workflow. You can export to files, DVD ot Blu-ray Disc, and mobile devices including smartphones and tablets the web, as well as upload directly to YouTube, Facebook, or other websites.

The core Corel VideoStudio Pro X6 product is the full application, with full functionality for $79.99 ($59.99 upgrade). The VideoStudio Ultimate X6 bundle for $99.99 ($79.99 upgrade) then adds plug-ins from Boris Graffiti, NewBlue, and proDAD for animated 2D and 3D titling, color correction, broadcast-quality effects, image effects, video stabilization, and animated pen effects.

Check it out for yourself with the fully-functional trial version.

Find Corel VideoStudio Pro X6 and VideoStudio Ultimate X6 on Amazon.com

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